This Communications Protocol, which has been adopted by each of the members of The Claremont Colleges, is intended to provide a framework for inter-collegiate responses to bias related incidents.
Bias related incidents are expressions of hostility against another person (or group) because of that person’s (or group’s) race, color, religion, ancestry, age, national origin, disability, gender identity, or sexual orientation, or because the perpetrator perceives that the other person (or group) has one or more of those characteristics. As used in this Protocol, the term “bias related incident” is limited to conduct that violates one or more of The Claremont Colleges’ disciplinary codes and which is not protected by the First Amendment of the United States Constitution or by analogous provisions of state law. A hate crime is an especially severe form of bias related incident, and such crimes fall far beyond the bounds of constitutional protection. However, the category of bias related incidents extends beyond hate crimes and other actions that would constitute criminal offenses under relevant penal codes.
In the event that a bias related incident occurs on one of the campuses and/or on The Claremont Colleges Services (TCCS) premises, this Protocol shall govern communication among The Claremont Colleges’ chief student-affairs and administrative officers.
California law prohibits hate crimes. Section 422.6 of the California Penal Code defines a hate crime as follows:
“Hate crime” means a criminal act committed, in whole or in part, because of one or more of the following actual or perceived characteristics of the victim:
This protocol was drafted and adopted by the Student Affairs Committee of The Claremont Colleges, PASA (Pan- African Student Association), Scripps College Wanawake Weusi, Hillel Student Board, and Pitzer Black Student Union (BSU) in spring 2005.